A Supercut of E3 Trailers Higlights Serious Lack of Women Protagonists
In case you needed a further reminder that gaming has a women representation problem, someone went ahead and visualized the issue for you.
Video maker Jonathan McIntosh created an E3 trailer to end all E3 trailers with the video he created, above, and uploaded to his RebelliousPixels YouTube Channel. It keeps a running count of the various dude protagonist characters shown throughout various E3 hype sessions.
It’s a particularly poignant video after Ubisoft has been catching all kinds of (deserved) heat for failing to include women player characters in co-op roles in its games. Developers working on both Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Far Cry 4 responded in an identical way to questions about why players can’t choose women characters instead of dudes in those games. That answer: it was too hard and too costly to animate women for the games. We know that explanation is utterly bullshit, and it also suggests the subtext of “We think to include women characters until just recently,” or “we didn’t consider women characters important enough to make them a priority.”
Regardless of where you fall on that particular controversy, or on whether gaming needs more women protagonists and player characters (which, okay, if you think the answer is we don’t need more, you’re flat wrong), I think we can all agree that the endless parade of super-similar characters, viewpoints, and stories is getting pretty dull. McIntosh’s video does a pretty solid job of highlighting how similar so many upcoming triple-A titles seem to be. I, for one, would like to see something new.